Omnibus Bill Extends the Lautenberg Amendment

Dec 23, 2015

Last week President Obama signed into law a massive $1.1 trillion bill to fund the government. Nestled deep in the bill was a small provision that makes a world of difference to families who are persecuted due to their religious beliefs.

The Helpline is Still Ringing

Oct 08, 2015

Every day, my phone rings. Some of the callers are in New York. Others are in Kiev. The calls come from all over. But when they call, I answer.

HIAS Steps in to Take Over NY Resettlement Operation

Jun 18, 2015

HIAS has officially taken over the Federation Employment & Guidance Service’s (FEGS) resettlement program in New York after FEGS declared bankruptcy for unrelated reasons.

HIAS Celebrates Government Spending Bill and Extension of the Lautenberg Amendment

Jun 18, 2015

HIAS celebrates the recent passage of legislation that will fund the government through September 2014, including a one-year extension of the Lautenberg Amendment, which facilitates the resettlement of religious minority groups.

The Lautenberg Amendment: A Lifeline for Iran’s Religious Minorities

Nov 12, 2014

Perhaps the most important value my family instilled in me as I was growing up is that “we were the lucky ones.” We were lucky to leave Iran just weeks before the fall of the Shah in 1979. We were lucky we had family in Israel.

A Few Things you Might not Know about the Immigration Bills Currently in Congress

Mar 17, 2014

Both the Senate's comprehensive immigration reform legislation and its sister bill in the House contain important provisions regarding refugees and asylum seekers. But odds are you haven’t heard about these provisions.

Update about the Lautenberg Amendment and Refugee Funding

Jan 14, 2014

Last night, appropriators introduced a $1.1 trillion government spending bill (H.R. 3547) which is expected to move through the House and Senate later this week. The bill includes a one-year extension of the Lautenberg Amendment, which previously expired on September 30th.

Senator Lautenberg's Legislation Brought Thousands to Freedom

Jun 03, 2013

For more than two decades, Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, who died this morning at age 89, championed legislation that created a safe escape route to freedom for persecuted religious minorities from many corners of the globe. Today, HIAS joins the people of New Jersey and America in mourning his loss.

Rampant Persecution of Religious Minorities in Iran

May 22, 2013

Behind Iran’s menacing foreign policy is a fractured internal state that is becoming increasingly totalitarian. News agencies do not frequently report on this aspect of Iran, but religious persecution in Iran is rampant.

The Ultimate Legacy: Senator Lautenberg and Continued Protection for Iranian Religious Minorities

May 08, 2013

“More than twenty years ago, I created this program to allow religious minorities to escape persecution and live safely in the United States.” That is what Senator Lautenberg said about the Lautenberg Amendment after an extension and expansion of the program was included in the Senate’s immigration reform bill.